Ali Sahabi, GEC

About Ali Sahabi

Ali Sahabi has been a licensed General Engineering Contractor (GEC) since 1993, and is a principal at Optimum Seismic, Inc. He has completed hundreds of seismic retrofitting and adaptive reuse projects for multifamily residential, commercial, and industrial buildings throughout California.
1 December, 2016

Why More and More Cities are Enacting Earthquake Retrofit Laws

By | 2018-01-25T23:03:30+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Earthquake Retrofits|

Optimum Seismic was recently asked to make a formal presentation about earthquake retrofits and building safety at a meeting of CALBO, the California Building Officials association. The organization was curious to learn more about process, various laws already in place, financing options and the impacts on insurance and tenant habitability. Based on the high [...]

1 November, 2016

Are You Ready? “The Big One” is Overdue

By | 2018-01-25T23:16:02+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes|

Insurance of Older Buildings Made Easier with Earthquake Retrofits Last fall marked a brief period of heightened anxiety for us here in Southern California, when scientists announced that a swarm of seismic activity at the Salton Sea dramatically increased the risk of a major quake along the San Andreas fault. Newspaper headlines and radio [...]

2 October, 2016

Glendale News Press Article Features Optimum Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-26T18:22:35+00:00 October 2nd, 2016|Optimum Seismic, Optimum seismic in the news|

Following the adoption of a Los Angeles ordinance requiring landlords to seismically retrofit their buildings over the next seven years, a small group of local property owners has taken the initiative to boost the safety of their own buildings ahead of the next major earthquake. While there's no retrofitting requirement on the books in Glendale, [...]

1 October, 2016

The Importance Of A Tenant Habitability Plan For Your Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-26T19:03:05+00:00 October 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit, tenant occupied seismic retrofit|

Having your apartment building retrofitted to withstand an earthquake can seem like a major undertaking. But surprisingly, it’s not always the cost of construction that has apartment owners concerned. Quite often, it’s the Tenant Habitability Plan required by the City of Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department that worries people most. The City [...]

1 September, 2016

Glendale Owners Get Earthquake Retrofits Ahead Of The Law

By | 2018-01-26T19:22:36+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Earthquake Retrofits, Seismic Retrofit|

There is no local ordinance requiring seismic retrofits of buildings, but many are having their soft-story apartments stabilized anyway, for safety’s sake. Earthquakes don’t heed the jurisdictional boundaries that define a city’s limits. So, when the City of Los Angeles this year started rolling out the nation’s most sweeping seismic regulations ever, many property owners [...]

1 August, 2016

Retrofit Workshops Link Members with the Answers They Need

By | 2018-01-26T19:40:54+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit Workshops|

There’s a lot of information out there right now – booth good and bad – regarding the City of L.A.’s new earthquake retrofit requirements for wood-frame, soft-story apartment buildings. City officials have reported an almost alarming number of business license applications from new start-up retrofit companies, and with them, a growing hoard of novices spouting [...]

1 July, 2016

Anatomy of a Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-26T19:50:27+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit|

Every building is different, and the approaches to safeguarding a structure against earthquake damage remain as diverse as the 13,000 soft-story apartment complexes needing retrofits in the city of L.A. In our public exchanges at community workshops, professional expos and in face-to-face communication with prospective clients, we inevitably get asked to provide descriptions of a [...]

12 June, 2016

Educational Seminars Announced for Soft-Story Retrofit Requirements in L.A.

By | 2018-01-26T20:03:24+00:00 June 12th, 2016|Seismic Retrofit Seminars, Seismic Retrofit Workshops|

The roll-out of the City of Los Angeles’ new earthquake retrofit ordinance has prompted the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles to schedule a series of community seminars designed to help inform building owners about the law, the time frame to get things done, and the basic principles behind retrofit engineering and construction. The [...]

1 June, 2016

Don’t Cut Corners on Engineering Solutions for your Seismic Retrofit

By | 2018-01-26T20:15:30+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit|

Ever since the first notifications were sent out by the City of L.A., property owners have been contacting us seeking answers to various questions regarding the earthquake retrofit process. The most frequently asked question has been, “Where do I start?” A couple of owners shared with us their frustration over contradictory information they received [...]

1 May, 2016

Some Key Questions About L.A.’s New Retrofit Ordinance

By | 2018-01-26T21:10:12+00:00 May 1st, 2016|Seismic Retrofit Workshops|

L.A.’s new law requiring the retrofit of pre-1978 wood-frame soft-story buildings and non-ductile concrete buildings is gaining momentum. Many fellow AAGLA members have already taken action, knowing that they will soon receive their orders to submit plans for either a retrofit or demolition of their property, or proof that their building does not need [...]